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Smoking and Radiotherapy
Radiotherapy can have side-effects on a patient. If the person happens to be a smoker, the risks are compounded several-fold. Smoking is the main risk factor for many cancers; now research has shown that cancer treatment also becomes difficult in smokers.
 
Atrial Fibrillation and What Can Bring It On
In atrial fibrillation (AF), the atria beat irregularly and often rapidly, due to an abnormal, fast electrical rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart. Travel, which is stressful, might bring on atrial fibrillation in a diseased heart. The next thing that brings it on is heart surgery of all kinds. Heavy exercise comes third. Binge drinking during holidays and other occasions might precipitate atrial fibrillation. Stress of all kinds, extreme fatigue, dehydration, caffeine and many over-the-counter drugs, especially antihistamines and proton pump inhibitors, could all add to the risk of atrial fibrillation. Among the recreational drugs, marijuana is known to do just that. In people with chronic alcohol use, atrial fibrillation and the precursor—the lazy sinus syndrome —is common, thanks to alcoholic cardio-myopathy—alcoholic heart muscle disease—a dangerous sudden killer. 
 
Can Dementia Be Prevented by Vitamins?
This is another 21st century myth created by the drug industry for their profit. The usually advised vitamin E and selenium supplements do little to prevent dementia, except giving mental satisfaction to the caregivers. Virgin coconut oil, about a tablespoon daily, has been shown to not only postpone but treat dementia. Coconut oil and mother’s milk are the only two fats that get digested in the mouth. Coconut oil gets directly broken down into ketones in the mouth. Degenerating brain cells cannot take in glucose for their metabolism, but they can live on ketones. That is how coconut oil is good for keeping dementia at bay.
 
Spider Venom for Stroke-related Brain Damage?
A peptide derived from spider venom could be the key to preventing brain damage caused by a stroke, according to the results of a new study. A peptide in the venom of the funnel web spider could protect against brain injury caused by stroke, say researchers. Study leader Prof Glenn King, of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland (Australia), and colleagues, recently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
 
Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body is a common occurrence following a stroke as are problems with speech and behavioural changes. This is due to the brain injury caused by a stroke. There is an electromagnetic device which can very effectively help regenerate brain damage after a stroke.
 
Lifestyle Change Can Reduce BP
High blood pressure (BP) is one of the chronic lifestyle diseases turned into a money-spinner by the drug industry with plenty of chemical molecules to lower the box blood pressure. When I wrote a book on this enigma in 1993, I had predicted that we are trying to lower BP levels to very dangerous levels which, in deep sleep, might hamper the diastolic coronary filling, resulting in sudden death due to a heart attack. I had suggested that the normal BP levels must be at least 160/100 for an adult in the doctors’ clinic. That was in 1993. People laughed at me then. In 2013, the Joint National Committee (JNC), the wise people’s club of the US, in their 8th report, did agree with me, although they changed the numbers a bit. They said 159/99 for adults is normal BP and 140/90 for diabetics. I do not know how to measure 159.
 
Interestingly, the JNC report was withheld under pressure from the industry, and the latter, in turn, has put together an urgent study, Sprint, to refute JNC data. This is how the Establishment works. The good news is that a recent study has shown that lifestyle change alone can bring down systolic BP by 10 points. It is worth studying further the lifestyle effect on high BP.
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